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A woman arrested with the drug ice at Ballina Airport on Sunday was already on a good behaviour bond for other offences.

Erin Joy McMaster appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday after being refused bail by police on Sunday following her arrest and the arrest of her partner Kaja John Feakes.

Ms McMaster, who was represented by solicitor Kylie Anderson-Clarke, faced two counts of possessing a prohibited drug and one count of supplying greater than a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

The charges relate to Ms McMaster and Mr Feakes being allegedly detected in possession of 317 grams of ice on Sunday.

When Mr Feakes was earlier refused bail the court heard police anticipated laying further charges against the pair.

In applying for bail, Ms Anderson-Clarke said Ms McMaster had sole custody of her two children.

She said Ms McMaster could adhere to strict bail conditions including not applying for a passport, not attending any airports, reporting to police daily, not to contact Mr Feakes and to comply with a curfew by staying at home.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brett Gradsnik opposed bail, citing the breach of the good behaviour bond Ms McMaster was placed on for ‘dishonesty offences’, and a strong prosecution case.

‘As I understand it she was caught red handed in possession of more than 300 grams of methylamphetamine brought from Sydney by air,’ Magistrate David Heilpern said.

Mr Heilpern then formally refused Ms McMaster bail.

He ordered the brief of evidence against Ms McMaster to be served on the defence by June 19 and adjourned her matters until July 4, for reply to the brief of evidence.

If she hasn’t successfully applied for bail by that date, ms McMaster will appear via video-link at Lismore Local Court.


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